Just Another Week of Puerto Rico Luxury News


Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is now accepting reservations

It seems as if Travel Agent can't go more than a week without hearing yet another luxury-related announcement to come out of Puerto Rico, which has been on a luxury roll since 2008. And this week was no different.

From the announcement that the first Ritz-Carlton Reserve in the Caribbean is now accepting reservations to the news that an iconic Caribbean hotel will again be welcoming guests to its facilities, Puerto Rico's luxury wave continues to roll on.

The First Ritz-Carlton Reserve in the Caribbean is Now Accepting Reservations

Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve announced this week that it is now accepting reservations for guest arrivals.

The eagerly anticipated $342 million, 115-key ocean front luxury resort located on the footprints of the former Laurance Rockefeller estate, a celebrated destination for more than 50 years, is set to open its doors to welcome clients on December 12.

“We are thrilled to unveil this magnificent sanctuary in time for the Holidays and 2013 season,” said Alejandro Helbling, general manager of Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, in a written release. “Our discriminating discerning customers will find Dorado Beach’s unspoiled natural beauty, heritage and world-class offerings exceptionally alluring, making it the perfect destination to debut the first Reserve in the Americas."

High season rates at the resort start at $1,600 per night, setting a new luxury benchmark for the Caribbean.

The Ritz-Carlton Reserve brand extension features signature, one-of-a-kind boutique resorts located in choice settings around the world, each with a distinctive personality and sense of place. Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is the second in this exclusive portfolio worldwide, joining Phulay Bay in Krabi, Southern Thailand.

Situated on three miles of Caribbean coastline with 1,400 acres, Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve includes 100 rooms and 14 one-bedroom suites, all directly on the beach, plus Su Casa, the original plantation hacienda renovated back to its original 1920's style to serve as a four-bedroom beachfront VIP villa.

Dorado Beach also features a five-acre spa; a restaurant by award-winning chef José Andrés; and an eco-educational Ambassadors of the Environment program by Jean-Michel Cousteau. Visit www.ritzcarlton.com.

Iconic Puerto Rican Hotel Re-Opens, Debuts Swanky New Dining Option

Also this week, it was announced that the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel will welcome clients to experience the legendary hotel’s dining, lounge and banquet facilities, helmed by Michelin-starred Executive Chef, Juan Jose Cuevas, beginning October 16.

Built in 1919 by Frederick William Vanderbilt, the Condado Vanderbilt’s lavishness attracted royalty, heads of state, Hollywood stars and industry icons to the hotel’s dramatic perch on the edge of the Atlantic Oceanfor almost half a century.

Nearly two decades since the hotel shuttered, the first phase of the Condado Vanderbilt, a historical Grande Dame hotel, reopens on Ashford Avenue following an extensive restoration.

Condado Vanderbilt’s fine dining restaurant, 1919, features a farm and ocean-to-table focus with a menu which emphasizes fish, shellfish and locally produced vegetables.

The chef is working with local farmers and foragers throughout the island to supply fruits, vegetables, wild greens, poultry, meats, etc. to the hotel. The restaurant’s design focuses on one expansive glass wall, which seemingly separates the dining room from the Atlantic Ocean.

Three large center chandeliers created with cascading mother of pearl discs are a focal point of the restaurant, which offers an intimate dining experience achieved by ample space between tables and artful lighting.

While the design is contemporary in concept, designer Jorge Rossello, includes the use of various traditional elements such as richly upholstered tall wing chairs and backed benches, beveled mirrors and rich woods.

In addition to the restaurant, clients will enjoy Blu, a casual bistro; Vino Veritas Wine Bar; Marabar, Martini Bar & Lounge with ocean views and Fumidor, a cigar lounge. The hotel features extensive event and banquet facilities encompassing 30,000 square feet.

The second phase of the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, which includes 323 guest rooms, will open in 2013. The hotel will offer clients a luxurious environment in an exclusive setting, filled with history and the nostalgia of past eras when the hotel was the social epicenter of San Juan. Visit www.condadovanderbilt.com.

And keep visiting www.travelagentcentral.com/Caribbean for all the latest news to come out of the Caribbean region.

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